Mississippi Field Reports: Corn Harvest at Full Speed, Cotton Defoliation Begins

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    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 11, 2016.

    Comments from Cooperative Extension Service County Agents

    Stephen “Steve” R. Winters, Grenada County
    “Corn harvest is going fast. Several farmers are through. Cotton defoliation went out on a little acreage this week. Next week everyone will be spraying. Armyworm moths in pastures and hayfields look like quail flushing! It is going to be nasty in about 7-10 days!”

    Preston Aust, Humphreys County
    “Producers are wrapping up corn harvest and moving to rice and soybeans. Bolls are really beginning to open up in cotton and defoliation should increase this week. Hoping for good harvest conditions to continue.”

    James “Randall” Nevins, Monroe County
    “We need some rain. We had a little bit of a shower come through this past weekend but not enough in area to round out the soybeans. The moisture would help get peanuts dug as well, so peanut farmers are sitting on go, to dig and harvest peanuts. The hay harvest this year has been low to say the least. Most producers will not see a third cutting on hay and pastures are dry.”

    Reid Nevins, Lowndes County
    “Corn harvest has all but wrapped up with soybean harvest beginning to ramp up. Cotton defoliation is beginning to go out with picking beginning in the next several weeks. We could use a rain to soften the soil for peanut harvest to begin in the next week or so.”

    Dr. Bill Burdine, Union County
    “Extremely dry. Water is needed to fill out bolls and pods. Dryland corn yields range from terrible to average. The bulk of soybeans are near input termination.”

    Jimbo Burkhalter, Tallahatchie County
    “Corn is around 60% harvested. Some yields are good, some, not so good. Cotton is cutting out. Soybean harvest is in full swing. Hay production is being gathered between pop up showers.”

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    General Comments

    According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Mississippi, there were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, September 11, 2016. Topsoil moisture supplies were 8 percent very short, 35 percent short, 50 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 7 percent very short, 32 percent short, 53percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus.

    Low temperatures ranged from 65.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Booneville to 76.6 degrees Fahrenheit at Yazoo City. Highs ranged from 86.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Biloxi to 95.7 degrees Fahrenheit at Yazoo City. Most of the state received some rain with the southwest part of the state receiving the most at an average of 1.43 inches.

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